Maintaining industrial equipment can pose a challenge for any manufacturing facility. When equipment breaks down, it can cost companies a lot of money in the form of both expensive heavy equipment repairs and downtime while the machine is taken offline to be fixed. That’s why predictive maintenance is so important.
Use of Thermal Imagers in Predictive Maintenance
Not all potential problems are easily visible to the naked eye, which can make predicting when something is about to go seriously wrong extremely difficult. That’s where thermal imagers come in. These technologically advanced camera systems detect infrared radiation being emitted from objects and render it as an easy-to-understand image, which can be a great help to managers who are looking to ensure all of their equipment is functioning optimally.
Understanding Thermal Images
Thermal imagers turn infrared heat signatures into visual images that can be readily interpreted by factory personnel. The colors in these images represent heat signatures. Cold objects will be rendered in blue while hot objects will be rendered in red, and areas of extreme heat will be rendered in white. The key for factory managers looking to use these images to their advantage is getting a grasp on normal and …